According to a new report from Us Weekly, Jim is over co-parenting with Meghan and wants full custody of their three small children: daughter Aspen, 3, and twin sons Hayes and Hart, 2.
“Jim is talking with his legal team about getting full custody of the children because he is getting increasingly upset that Meghan has been out of town during portions of her custodial time,” a source close to the Edmonds family reveals. “There have been numerous times where Jim has brought the kids to Meghan for her custodial week only to find she is out of town, and he has to leave them with Meghan’s nanny.”
The former MLB star and the former Real Housewives of Orange County star married in 2014 but split in October 2019 when Jim filed for divorce. This came after Meghan accused Jim of having an affair with one of their children’s nannies. Jim denied the accusation and insisted he never cheated on Meghan.
The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic has made things even more complicated for the estranged exes. Meghan is currently splitting her time between Los Angeles and St. Louis.
The source says that Jim “has been told Meghan is looking for a second nanny” to help care for the kids.
“[This] raises his concern even more about the amount of time Meghan is away during her custodial time and the amount of time she is actually spending with the children,” the insider adds. “Jim feels if Meghan cannot be present during the week she has the children, then he should just keep them at his house and not leave them with the nannies.”
However, Meghan denies the allegations put out by her ex-husband’s camp.
“I am a working, single mother, and I have one live-in nanny (with no plans to hire an additional nanny). In the 10 months since Jim walked out on our children and myself, I have left Aspen, Hart, and Hayes with my mother for three days (with my nanny helping her). I told Jim I had to be out of town for those days, but he told me he couldn’t take custody of the kids because he would also be out of town,” Meghan told Us Weekly in a statement.
Meghan then took a shot at Jim’s “tattered value system” and doubled down on her prior claims that Jim “had an inappropriate relationship” with their former nanny, Carly Wilson, 22.
“Jim even set Carly [up] with a happily married friend of Jim’s [one] evening, and this was not the first time Jim has set Carly up with a married man. This further drives home the tattered value system of this man,” Meghan’s statement continues.
“Additionally, our children’s GAL (guardian ad litem, a court-appointed attorney for our children) knew about me leaving for the three days Jim is questioning. I told her why I had to leave, and she said that [it] was completely fine; that parents have to go out of town all the time and find coverage for their children. I have had primary custody of my children since he left us, including when I quarantined them for nine weeks in L.A. while Jim contracted COVID while partying in Nashville (and also infected his entire home). And as much as I hate to bring up the past, it was Jim who was sending pictures of his penis to another woman on the day the twins were born, and it was Jim who left us and didn’t request to see the kids for weeks afterward.”
Jim rep, Steve Honig, said he doesn’t comment “on matters of custody” but notes, “Jim has seven children and understands that as a parent you run your life around your children, not the other way around. Meghan has continually tried to smear Jim in the press, and it seems nothing has changed.”
As for Meghan, she insists that her children’s best interests are always her top priority.
“For Jim to suggest I did anything inappropriate, wrong, or questioning my parenting is — quite frankly — not only laughable but unfortunately in line with the way he has treated and spoken to me,” she claims. “I’ve kept my mouth shut through months of abuse and I’ve tried to take the high road knowing this is my children’s father, and I will have to have some sort of relationship with him for the rest of my life as we work to co-parent but don’t for a second think that I don’t have all the evidence I need to back up every fact stated above.”
The Real Housewives of Orange County is expected to return to Bravo for season 15 in late 2020 or early 2021.